Ukrainian Prez says he “succeeded in repelling enemy attacks”; 3 children among 198 Ukrainians killed in 2 days

Ukrainian soldiers repelled a Russian attack in the capital, the military said early on Saturday, just hours after President Volodymyr Zelensky warned that Moscow would try to take Kiev before dawn in the conflict which is now escalating every day. time.

Russian leader Vladimir Putin on Thursday launched a full-scale invasion that killed dozens, forced more than 50,000 to flee Ukraine in just 48 hours and sparked fears of a new Cold War in Europe.

India is “deeply troubled” by the recent turn of developments in Ukraine, India’s permanent representative to the United Nations has said. Urging that all efforts be made for the immediate cessation of violence and hostilities, he said that no solution could ever be found at the cost of human lives.

Speaking at the UNSC meeting on Ukraine, Tirumurti said India was also deeply concerned about the welfare and safety of the Indian community, including a large number of Indian students in Ukraine. “The contemporary world order was built on the Charter of the United Nations, international law and respect for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of States. We accepted the proposal of the President of the Russian Federation. Currently, the parties are debating where and when the negotiation process will take place during these hours. The sooner negotiations begin, the better the chances of a return to normal,” he said.

As expected, Russia on Friday vetoed a UN Security Council resolution that “deplored in the strongest terms” the country’s “aggression” against Ukraine and demanded the immediate withdrawal of its troops. . Eleven of the 15 council members voted for the motion, which was co-authored by the United States and Albania. China, India and the United Arab Emirates abstained.

The resolution was still doomed to failure due to Moscow’s right of veto as a permanent member of the council. However, the debate offered member countries an opportunity to express their condemnation of President Vladimir Putin’s decision to launch a full-scale offensive against neighboring Russia.

“Let me make one thing clear,” US Ambassador to the UN Linda Thomas-Greenfield said after the vote. “Russia, you can veto this resolution, but you can’t veto our votes, you can’t veto truth, you can’t veto our principles, you can’t veto the Ukrainian people.”

The wording of the draft text submitted to the Security Council was watered down in the hours before the vote to gain more support. The word “condemns” was replaced with “deplores” and a reference to Chapter 7 of the UN Charter, which allows members to take military measures to restore peace, was deleted.

The resolution reaffirms Ukraine’s sovereignty and calls on Russia to “immediately cease its use of force against Ukraine”. In the end, more than 70 countries co-sponsored the resolution.

“Make no mistake, Russia is isolated. He has no support for invading Ukraine,” British Ambassador to the UN Barbara Woodward said. Before the vote, Thomas-Greenfield described Russia’s attack as “so bold, so brazen, that it threatens our international system as we know it.”

“We have a solemn obligation not to look the other way…At a minimum, we have an obligation to oppose it,” she said. “Vote yes if you think Russia should be held accountable for its actions. Vote no or abstain if you violate the charter and align yourself with Russia’s aggressive and unprovoked actions.

Moscow’s UN envoy, Vassily Nebenzia, denounced the resolution as “anti-Russian and anti-Ukrainian”. “It is difficult for us to compete with the United States in terms of the number of invasions carried out. You are in no position to moralize,” he said.

Ukrainian Ambassador Sergiy Kyslytsya led the council chamber in a moment of silence, asking members to “pray for peace”. He also told Nebenzia to “pray for salvation”. “Russia is keen to continue its Nazi-like course of action,” said Kyslytsya, whose speech was widely applauded by members.

Earlier, he had posed with a Ukrainian flag and European ambassadors under Picasso’s Guernica tapestry which hangs outside the entrance to the council chamber. Explaining his country’s abstention, Chinese Ambassador Zhang Jun referred to NATO expansion, saying “Russia’s legitimate security aspirations must be taken into account and handled properly.”

After the vote, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said: “Soldiers must return to their barracks.”

“Leaders must turn to the path of dialogue and peace,” he pleaded.

Russia, which currently holds the rotating presidency of the Security Council, will likely face another vote on a similar resolution before the wider United Nations General Assembly, made up of all 193 member countries.

Moscow has no veto there and the resolution could pass with a substantial margin, although it is not binding.

The General Assembly held a similar vote in 2014 condemning Russia’s takeover of Crimea, which received 100 votes in favor.

Moscow previously vetoed a Security Council resolution condemning its actions in Crimea. Thirteen countries supported it, with China abstaining.

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